It was used in an unusual direct statement from Kim that the Korean Central News Agency transmitted verbatim in response to Trump’s speech at the United Nations this week, in which he mocked Kim as a “Rocket Man” on a “suicide mission”, and said that if the U.S.is “forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea“.
The statement said: “Servicepersons of the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces met Friday to vow to turn out in the final battle against the United States under the leadership of respected Supreme Commander Kim Jong-un”.
Ri hit back after Trump branded Kim Jong-un “rocket man” and said he was on a “suicide mission” at the same venue last week.
“About a quarter million people in Nagasaki and Hiroshima were instantly killed by US atomic bombs”, writes Kozue Akibayashi, Professor at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, and International President of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).
“DPRK is a responsible nuclear weapons state”, he explained.
“Due to his lacking of basic common knowledge and proper sentiment, he tried to insult the supreme dignity of my country by referring (to it as) a “rocket, ‘” Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said during a speech at the U.N. General Assembly”.
Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said of today’s display of air power: “This is the farthest north of the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) any USA fighter or bomber aircraft have flown off North Korea’s coast in the 21st century, underscoring the seriousness with which we take (North Korea’s) reckless behaviour”.
“We are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the USA homeland and our allies”.
China on Saturday imposed a limit on the supplies of petroleum products to North Korea and imports of textiles from the country under United Nations sanctions over its nuclear and missile development.
North Korea was slapped with stiffer sanctions by the United Nations after its sixth and most powerful nuclear test September 3.
It is “a forlorn hope to think that we will be shaken…by hostile forces”, Ri said Saturday.
China also will ban textile imports from the North, the ministry said.
The ban on textiles, North Korea’s second largest export, is expected to cost the country around $700 million a year.
Jeffrey Lewis, the director of an East Asia program at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies, told The New York Times that if North Korea were to lose China’s support, “the last thing you would do in that situation is give up your independent nuclear capability”.
China’s quake administration said it was a magnitude 3.4 natural disaster and cited a “suspected explosion”.
“The White House said on Friday that Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in had agreed to Seoul’s “acquisition and development of highly advanced military assets” and to increased deployment of USA strategic assets in and around South Korea on a rotational basis”. The USGS measured this month’s nuclear test at magnitude 6.3.
Tests of nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles are rarer still.
China’s move to halt North Korean coal imports in February and its decision to stop selling fuel have crimped Pyongyang’s ability to raise hard currency through exports.
RT: Russia and China called for a “double freeze” initiative (meaning the United States and South Korea would stop military drills, and North Korea would stop its nuclear tests).
The comments were released on official state media.